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FANTASY FOOTBALL: Early positional rankings for NFL Week 8

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Matthew Stafford, Leonard Fournette, Stefon Diggs, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Darren Waller, Michael Thomas, Todd Gurley and Saquon Barkley headline Week 8's early PPR rankings.

QB-STARTER RANKINGS

  1. Russell Wilson, Seahawks
  2. Deshaun Watson, Texans
  3. Matthew Stafford, Lions
  4. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
  5. Tom Brady, Patriots
  6. Josh Allen, Bills
  7. Jared Goff, Rams
  8. Kirk Cousins, Vikings
  9. Teddy Bridgewater, Saints
  10. Mason Rudolph, Steelers
  11. Kyler Murray, Cardinals
  12. Derek Carr, Raiders
  13. Ryan Tannehill, Titans
  14. Matt Ryan, Falcons
  15. Philip Rivers, Chargers
  16. Gardner Minshew II, Jaguars
  17. Jameis Winston, Buccaneers
  18. Carson Wentz, Eagles
  19. Jacoby Brissett, Colts
  20. Mitchell Trubisky, Bears
  21. Matt Moore, Chiefs (not expecting P-Mahomes to play)
  22. Baker Mayfield, Browns
  23. Daniel Jones, Giants
  24. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Dolphins
  25. Joe Flacco, Broncos
  26. Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers
  27. Kyle Allen, Panthers
  28. Case Keenum, Redskins
  29. Andy Dalton, Bengals
  30. Sam Darnold, Jets

TOP 60 PPR RUNNING BACKS

  1. Leonard Fournette, Jaguars
  2. Todd Gurley, Rams
  3. Saquon Barkley, Giants
  4. Christian McCaffrey, Panthers
  5. Dalvin Cook, Vikings
  6. Alvin Kamara, Saints
  7. Chris Carson, Seahawks
  8. Aaron Jones, Packers
  9. James Conner, Steelers
  10. Josh Jacobs, Raiders
  11. Austin Ekeler, Chargers
  12. Sony Michel, Patriots
  13. Le’Veon Bell, Jets
  14. Marlon Mack, Colts
  15. James White, Patriots
  16. Nick Chubb, Browns
  17. LeSean McCoy, Chiefs
  18. Chase Edmonds, Cardinals
  19. Derrick Henry, Titans
  20. Tevin Coleman, 49ers
  21. Ty Johnson, Lions
  22. Carlos Hyde, Texans
  23. Phillip Lindsay, Broncos
  24. Joe Mixon, Bengals
  25. Ronald Jones, Buccaneers
  26. Tarik Cohen, Bears
  27. Jordan Howard, Eagles
  28. Melvin Gordon, Chargers
  29. Devonta Freeman, Falcons
  30. Latavius Murray, Saints
  31. David Johnson, Cardinals
  32. Damien Williams, Chiefs
  33. Frank Gore, Bills
  34. Matt Breida, 49ers
  35. Kenyan Drake, Dolphins
  36. Jamaal Williams, Packers
  37. Royce Freeman, Broncos
  38. Chris Thompson, Redskins
  39. Miles Sanders, Eagles
  40. Alexander Mattison, Vikings
  41. Duke Johnson, Texans
  42. Jaylen Samuels, Steelers
  43. Devin Singletary, Bills
  44. Darrell Henderson, Rams
  45. Mark Walton, Dolphins
  46. J.D. McKissic, Lions
  47. Adrian Peterson, Redskins
  48. Rashaad Penny, Seahawks
  49. Nyheim Hines, Colts
  50. Dion Lewis, Titans
  51. Kalen Ballage, Dolphins
  52. Peyton Barber, Buccaneers
  53. Brandon Bolden, Patriots
  54. Gio Bernard, Bengals
  55. Raheem Mostert, 49ers
  56. Rex Burkhead, Patriots
  57. DeAndre Washington, Raiders
  58. Darrel Williams, Chiefs
  59. Jordan Wilkins, Colts
  60. Dare Ogunbowale, Buccaneers

TOP 60 PPR WIDE RECEIVERS

  1. Stefon Diggs, Vikings
  2. Michael Thomas, Saints
  3. DeAndre Hopkins, Texans
  4. Kenny Golladay, Lions
  5. Tyler Lockett, Seahawks
  6. Chris Godwin, Buccaneers
  7. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers
  8. Davante Adams, Packers
  9. Cooper Kupp, Rams
  10. Julio Jones, Falcons
  11. Julian Edelman, Patriots
  12. Tyreek Hill, Chiefs
  13. DJ Chark, Jaguars
  14. Allen Robinson, Bears
  15. Keenan Allen, Chargers
  16. T.Y. Hilton, Colts
  17. John Brown, Bills
  18. Courtland Sutton, Broncos
  19. Marvin Jones, Lions
  20. Tyrell Williams, Raiders
  21. Odell Beckham Jr., Browns
  22. A.J. Brown, Titans
  23. D.J. Moore, Panthers
  24. Mike Evans, Buccaneers
  25. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
  26. Kenny Stills, Texans
  27. Robert Woods, Rams
  28. Tyler Boyd, Bengals
  29. Marques Valdes-Scantling, Packers
  30. DeVante Parker, Dolphins
  31. Golden Tate, Giants
  32. Alshon Jeffery, Eagles
  33. D.K. Metcalf, Seahawks
  34. Mike Williams, Chargers
  35. Terry McLaurin, Redskins
  36. Marquise Goodwin, 49ers
  37. Phillip Dorsett, Patriots
  38. Corey Davis, Titans
  39. Dede Westbrook, Jaguars
  40. Brandin Cooks, Rams
  41. Diontae Johnson, Steelers
  42. Jarvis Landry, Browns
  43. Robby Anderson, Jets
  44. Demarcus Robinson, Chiefs
  45. Curtis Samuel, Panthers
  46. Sterling Shepard, Giants
  47. Bisi Johnson, Vikings
  48. Zach Pascal, Colts
  49. Auden Tate, Bengals
  50. Cole Beasley, Bills
  51. Preston Williams, Dolphins
  52. Dante Pettis, 49ers
  53. DeSean Jackson, Eagles
  54. Sammy Watkins/Mecole Hardman, Chiefs
  55. Jakobi Meyers, Patriots
  56. Emmanuel Sanders, 49ers
  57. Jaron Brown, Seahawks
  58. Geronimo Allison, Packers
  59. Chris Conley, Jaguars
  60. Alex Erickson, Bengals

TOP 25 PPR TIGHT ENDS

  1. Darren Waller, Raiders
  2. Travis Kelce, Chiefs
  3. Austin Hooper, Falcons
  4. George Kittle, 49ers
  5. Zach Ertz, Eagles
  6. Greg Olsen, Panthers
  7. Gerald Everett, Rams
  8. Jimmy Graham, Packers
  9. Evan Engram, Giants
  10. Delanie Walker, Titans
  11. Hunter Henry, Chargers
  12. Eric Ebron, Colts
  13. O.J. Howard, Buccaneers
  14. Mike Gesicki, Dolphins
  15. Jack Doyle, Colts
  16. Jared Cook, Saints
  17. Vance McDonald, Steelers
  18. T.J. Hockenson, Lions
  19. Darren Fells, Texans
  20. Tyler Eifert, Bengals
  21. Dawson Knox, Bills
  22. Chris Herndon, Jets
  23. Dallas Goedert, Eagles
  24. Kyle Rudolph, Vikings
  25. Noah Fant, Broncos

About The Managing Editor

Jay Clemons remains the only sports writer on the planet to capture Cynposis Media’s national award for Sports Blog Of The Year (beating out NBA.com, MLB.com, PGATour.com, The Players’ Tribune in 2015), along with the Fantasy Sports Writers Association’s pre-eminent award for Best Writer (2008). Through the years, Mr. Clemons has been a key figure with numerous blue-chip sports/media brands, namely the Detroit Lions, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report and the NBC/Universal family. With Sports Illustrated (2006-11), Clemons served a triple role with SI.com‘s heralded football coverage—editing Peter King’s famed ‘Monday Morning Quarterback’ column, penning award-winning pieces for NFL and then writing/narrating scripted videos within the NFL and baseball realms. In 2013, Clemons’ first year with the company, FOX Sports South enjoyed a monumental increase of approximately 34 million Web hits in a 12-month cycle—merely posting 11 million hits the previous year. 

Then, over a two-month span in 2014, FOX Sports South amassed 19.5 million Web hits—a 60-day record for any FOX affiliate. And in 2015, Clemons claimed the aforementioned Cynopsis Media award on FOX Sports’ behalf, the company’s only national writing award during that period. Clemons, a graduate of Michigan State University  and Wayne State University, has been an on-camera Web-TV host for Sports Illustrated, Bleacher Report and FOX Sports. In 2015, he also became the first-ever sports journalism professor at Kennesaw State University in suburban Atlanta.

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